ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Monday was the Dougherty County School Board superintendent's first meeting.
Joshua Murfree says he has many high hopes for the school system.
He spent time on MSNBC this past weekend and talked about cutting down on the drop out rates and increasing parental involvement. He says those are goals to turn students into successful adults. His made them apparent in his first week in office.
"It has been enjoyable and extremely busy," said Murfree. "It's going to be very supportive. One thing I want everybody to know is I'm going to support the children, the parents, definitely the teachers and administrators."
Murfree is planning a fatherhood education summit in August. He wants children to be in school everyday.
At that meeting, Dougherty County School Board members officially decided Monday night not to apply for millions of dollars in grants to help two under-performing schools.
A couple of weeks ago they decided not to send in their Federal School Improvement Grant application for Albany and Dougherty High Schools.
Board members weren't sure how much money they would actually get.
They also didn't like the fact that they'd have to get rid of the principals and possibly fire teachers who didn't meet standards set up by the grant.